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When you’re a blogger, it’s easy to get caught up in your own work. You spend hours writing a post, which often requires research, editing, and multiple attempts.

All in hopes that once finished, you’re left with a viral masterpiece ready to publish.

But sometimes, even after all that work, what you’re left with is far from a masterpiece. Sometimes, it’s straight up garbage.

And you’re faced with a choice. Do you:

  1. Publish it anyway, or
  2. Accept that sometimes, it’s just not your day, and scrap the whole thing.

Today I was left with that decision, and as I poked around the internet procrastinating, I discovered that others had already made the decision for me. Their recent work was much better than anything I could put out this week.

And I have to accept it.

So today we’re going to do something a little different. It’s been a long time since I published any sort of round-up post, and I don’t plan on bringing them back with any sort of frequency. But just like in running, sometimes you need to accept that your best that day is nowhere near the best of others.

Instead of putting out a garbage post of my own, I want to share the best articles I’ve read this week by other people.

6 Blog Articles Not to Miss

1) Bored of Running? 2 Goals Every Runner Needs: The idea that goal setting is important to being a successful runner (or athlete, or entrepreneur, or just about anything else) has gone from a fringe self-help concept to the mainstream. I talk about it all the time, and so do others.

If you don’t believe in the power of goals, both big and small, check out this guest post by Jason Fitzgerald on Daily Burn’s site.

2) The Ancient Mind-Hack That Makes You Happier and More Effective: In life there’s very little we can control. What we can control, however, is our thoughts. How we react to certain situations, and our beliefs or judgements about what’s going on around us.

In Brian Clark’s recent post on Further.net, he discusses Stoicism. While it is written with the runner in mind, there are endless benefits to applying this philosophy to how we think about our running and training.

3) Six Things That Elite Ultrarunners Are Doing That You Are Not: As a non-elite runner, I often wonder what sets them apart. That search constantly sends me towards new training philosophies and strategies in hopes that I can inch my way towards improvements.

In a recent iRunFar post, elite runner Joe Uhan shares his notable observations from racing with midpack runners. As he points out,

While many may think it’s raw talent or brute toughness, these lessons were far simpler than that.

4) A Marathon Tale: An Unlikely Duo: While I enjoy reading race reports for their stories, there are few I’d feel compelled to share with everyone. This is one of those few. It’s a story of an unlikely duo, racing together the entire length of a road marathon.

5) 7 Bad Reasons to Skip Your Run Today: Running is hard. Coming up with reasons to skip your run is easy. Coming up with a good reason to skip your run is nearly impossible.

This older article from Trail Runner Magazine recently resurfaced in my feed, and challenges some of the most common excuses I bet we’ve all used at least a few times.

6) Recovery For Runners: What to do and how to do it: This final one is actually a podcast, and it’s mine. So I’m kind of going against my initial reasoning behind this post. But I’m including it because it’s on such an important topic. Recovery should be talked about just as much as training, only it’s often overlooked.

It isn’t sexy. It doesn’t give you that rush we all crave from a good run. But it is crucial to your success as a runner.

Make Time For Learning

If you read Rock Creek Runner, I’m willing to bet that you also read other blogs and websites.

If not, you should be.

A key ingredient to growth is learning from others. Exploring new ideas and philosophies, and challenging what you believe to know. Make the time to read these articles, but don’t just stop there.

Keep reading. Keep learning. Keep challenging.

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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3 thoughts on “Running Articles You Need Read This Week

    1. Isn’t that a great marathon report?

      Great to know, Jennifer! Maybe I’ll get back to writing these more often!

  1. I got tears in my eyes reading A Marathon Tale, so glad you shared that today! And I’m keen to listen to your podcast on recovery 🙂

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